His writing spans crime thrillers, essays, literary criticism, fiction and mythological retellings. The New York Times credited him with making mythology the most successful category in Indian publishing, describing his work as being "better written than many books in the genre that have followed — introduced the Ramayana to a new generation of readers. May Agnes Smith had been born and raised in Ceylon. When that country achieved independence, all other members of her family chose to claim British citizenship and either return to the UK or migrate to other countries. May Agnes was the only member of her family to move to India.
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The original Ramayana was written three thousand years ago. Now, with breathtaking imagination and brilliant storytelling, Ashok K. Banker has recreated this epic tale for modern readers everywhere.
In this first book of the Ramayana, it is predicted Ayodhya, legendary capital of warriors and seers, will soon be a wasteland of ashes and blood. Only Rama, Prince of Ayodhya, can hope to prevent the onslaught of darkness. The bestial demon hordes roar towards Ayodhya having swept all before them. Rama cannot return home to defend his family. He must journey to Mithila—a city lying directly in the path of destruction—to join a small band of heroes planning a valiant stand against the armies of darkness.
Can Rama unearth a hidden dev-astra to help in his battle against his nemesis, the demonlord Ravana? Rama has finally thwarted the demonlord Ravana and quelled the demon invasion. He is wedded to the enchanting Sita. For he has been challenged by Parshurama, the axe-wielding Brahmin who has never been defeated.
And should he survive this confrontation, a greater crisis awaits him. Armies of Hanuman: Book Four of the Ramayana is the newly recreated version of the original Ramayana. Written by Ashok Banker, the epic tale has been restructured by the author for the benefit of the modern readers across the world. The author has the skills of spectacular imagination and breathtaking storytelling.
This is the fourth book in the same series written by the author. He is not waiting for a quiet time at his hut Panchvati, which is a retreat amidst a lush green environment. However, the war is not over and soon Rama realizes the same. The story brings in the evil character of Supanakha, who is a tormented soul with unsatisfied lust and a hellish fury.
The demoness takes the desperate journey to the island of Lanka and goes back to meet her brother Ravana. She revives her exhausted cousin, who is the lord of the Asuras and instigates him to take her revenge from Rama. Thus, the plot of the story remains the same, but Banker presents a re-invented version of the Ramayana. Sita has been abducted by the demonlord Ravana and held captive in the island-kingdom of Lanka. Rama is now faced with the bitter prospect of a final, terrible war against Ravana and his rakshasa hordes.
Using only their wits and bare hands they begin to build a bridge to the island-kingdom. But time is rapidly running out, and the journey to Lanka appears near-impossible…. At this critical moment Hanuman attains a magnificent apotheosis.
Transformed into a being with a single-minded mission, he prepares for a terrifying face-off with Ravana, and makes his awesome leap across the ocean to rescue Sita. Will he succeed in saving her life and averting the final battle? Surely a lone vanar cannot face the crushing might of Lanka and survive? But then Hanuman is no ordinary vanar. Rama, soon to be King of Ayodhya, crosses the ocean to wage his war of dharma against the rakshasa forces of the demonlord Ravana.
The valiant vanars and bears suffer huge losses when Ravana unleashes his iniquitous sorcery on them, destroying tens of thousands of Rama's loyal soldiers. Despite the formidable odds they fight on even as the warfare spirals into a maelstrom of unimaginable carnage and brutality. And then, Ravana does the unthinkable. Hovering over the battlefield in his flying vehicle he executes Sita in full public view, right before Rama's unbelieving eyes.
Rama's grief and rage know no bounds and on this cataclysmic day he finally draws upon his ultimate reservoir of Brahman shakti. Invoking the all-powerful dev-astras, the Bow of Vishnu and the Arrow of Shiva, he prepares for a reckoning and a victory like no other.
Ravana is dead. The asura threat is ended. At last Rama is on the throne of Ayodhya, seeking only to live in peace with his beloved Sita. But their peace does not last long because evil never dies, it only changes form and shape. An old enemy breaks free of his subterranean prison to convey a shocking message.
An army arrives at the gates of Ayodhya, led by a mysterious being bearing a terrible weapon. Is Rama truly following his dharma or being manipulated by a plot masterfully orchestrated by Ravana? This long-awaited seventh volume in Ashok K. Banker's acclaimed Ramayana Series, soon to be followed by the eighth and final volume Sons of Sita, begins an enthralling two-part conclusion to the epic saga.
About the Author Ashok Banker worked as a successful freelance journalist and columnist for several years, breaking front-page news for publications such as The Times of India, Mumbai, and cover stories for Outlook magazine, New Delhi. Banker is a contemporary Indian novelist often counted among the significant literary names in post-colonial Indian literature. His work is the focus of several academic studies for its cross-cultural themes and realistic portrayals of Indian urban issues.
He was earlier also known as a reviewer and commentator on contemporary Indian literature, and as a candid essayist with a particular focus on media hypocrisy in India, and the western racial bias against South Asian writers. Banker has published in several genres, ranging from contemporary fiction about urban life in India to multi-volume mythological epics, as well as cross-genre works.
Three of his early novels to be published were crime thrillers, claimed to be the first written by an Indian novelist in English. They gained him widespread attention.
The stories of his "Devi" series are short works featuring avatars of the Hindu goddess Devi, and have appeared in various science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazines. Explore Plus. Price: Not Available. Currently Unavailable. Language: English Publisher: Penguin. This Boxset Include These Titles 1.
Prince Of Ayodhya The original Ramayana was written three thousand years ago. Banker has recreated this epic tale for modern readers everywhere In this first book of the Ramayana, it is predicted Ayodhya, legendary capital of warriors and seers, will soon be a wasteland of ashes and blood.
Siege Of Mithila The original Ramayana was written three thousand years ago. Banker has recreated this epic tale for modern readers everywhere The bestial demon hordes roar towards Ayodhya having swept all before them.
Demons Of Chitrakut The original Ramayana was written three thousand years ago. Banker has recreated this epic tale for modern readers everywhere Rama has finally thwarted the demonlord Ravana and quelled the demon invasion. Bridge Of Rama The original Ramayana was written three thousand years ago.
But time is rapidly running out, and the journey to Lanka appears near-impossible… At this critical moment Hanuman attains a magnificent apotheosis. King Of Ayodhya The original Ramayana was written three thousand years ago. Have doubts regarding this product? Post your question. Safe and Secure Payments. Easy returns. You might be interested in.
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